“What a lovely experience! You gave Glenn a wonderful present. I would not in the least be surprised to learn that he was there. I’ll bet he loved the performance as well. I strongly suspect you’ll all be doing it again, in the not too distant future. It deserves a repeat, actually many repeats!” – Lorne Tulk, Glenn Gould friend & CBC technician
“Thank you for inviting me to your outstanding celebration of Glenn Gould’s music and life. I know he was there, not only in his music which all of you played so eloquently but also in spirit.” – Marianna Schroeder, Nurse from The Idea of North
Conceived as part of the 20th anniversary celebration put on by The Chamber Music Society of Mississauga, Glenn Gould 905: A Triple Birthday Multi-Media Celebration took place at the Maja Prentice Theatre in Mississauga, Ontario in September of 2017.
Created by Penny Johnson, the event combined live performances of works by Bach, Beethoven, Strauss, Schoenberg and Shostakovich with archived audio and video footage courtesy of the Glenn Gould Estate. The event served to celebrate not only the CMSM in their anniversary year, but also the 150th birthday of Canada and the would-be 85th birthday of Glenn Gould.
Performing in the celebration were Corey Gemmell and Peggy Hills (violin), Nicholas Papadakis (viola), Mary Katherine Finch (cell0), Jennifer Tung (soprano) and Penny Johnson (piano). The event also featured a special performance by Steinway Spirio.
Pictured left to right are Glenn Gould 905 dignitaries Ruth Abernethy (sculptor of the Glenn Gould statue at the CBC), Marianne Schroeder (Nurse from The Idea of North) and Lorne Tulk (Glenn Gould friend and CBC technician) withPenny Johnson. (Photo by Gary Johnson)